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Midgets swim team brings home plenty of first place finishes

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Dickinson came in second in a triangular meet vs. Jamestown and Williston last Friday. (Photo Courtesy of Dickinson Swim Coach Jenna Wolf.)

The Dickinson High girls swim team took to the pool on Friday in Jamestown placing second in a triangular meet with the Blue Jays and Williston.

The Midgets scored 649 points only 21 behind Jamestown.

“We had a strong meet (with) a lot of first place finishes. We took first in eight of the 12 total events, three of those being our relays,” Dickinson head coach Jenna Wolf said in an email to The Press.” Our freestyle events excelled where we won all four of the individual freestyle events in the 50, 100, 200 and 500. (We also won) the 1 meter 11 dives. We came up second in the 100 backstroke and breaststroke and third in the 200 IM and 100 butterfly.”

Teams of McKenna Mettler, Aryana Twist, Charley Rathgeber and Taylor Miller won the 200 yard medley relay, while Twist, Kara Wanner, Hailey Rathgeber and Mara Ellerkamp took home first in the 200 yard freestyle relay.

In the 400 freestyle relay, it was Ellerkamp, Wanner and the two Rathgeber’s who got first place.

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Charley Rathgeber came in first place in both the 50 and 500 freestyle, while her sister Hailey came in first place in the 200 freestyle. Hailey also finished in second one spot behind Charley in the 500 freestyle.

Wanner won another freestyle event for the Midgets in the 100 and right behind her was Miller. Jaydin Decker came in first in the one meter 11 dive event.

Despite winning so many events, Dickinson couldn’t top Jamestown because they had a few holes in their lineup.

They have a small team, and they were unable to swim four people in each event allowing Jamestown and Williston to capture more points.

“We felt a little more energy at this meet as Jamestown did allow spectators from the three teams that were in attendance and you could tell the fans were ready to cheer the teams on,” Wolf said. (We are) so excited and grateful they could be in attendance to be able to finally watch a live meet in person for the first time this season.”

The Midgets go to Minot this coming Friday where they will take on the Majettes and Patriots of Bismarck Century.

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